An Encyclopedia Of
by Alex Funk
The Macintosh is a magnificent piece of work,
but I have discovered numerous ways it could
be better. My observations are listed here in
the hope someone is listening, someone who
can do more than I can do, sitting here with
nothing more penetrating than MacPaint and
Mac Write (and now MacForth) to gouge at the
software innards of this thing.
Abort key is not available globally. It is very
easy to click on the wrong icon when opening
a file, and then recovery is possible only
after much time and disk finagling. A key to
abort an unintended operation would be better.
Command-period stops printing in MacWrite.
Why not allow it to stop every operation in
every application, like on the Lisa?
Caps lock is a mechanical push-on, push-off
switch rather than being implemented with
software as in almost all other contemporary
microcomputers. If it were just a plain
switch like all the other keys, there would be
that much less to break!
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Clock cannot be continuously displayed while
working in an application. Also, there should
be a way to enter the current date or time
into a file with one keystroke in MacWrite.
Command? What is this "command" stuff?
Why invent a new word when the old one
(control) works fine? Command's cloverleaf
symbol is unavailable from the keyboard. The
only way I have been able to include it in any
document is by creating it in MacPaint! All
kinds of other symbols are available, but the
examples I tried to type while writing this did
not copy over to the note pad from the
keycaps desk accessory.
Cut and paste from one disk to another has
to go through an application. Trying to copy
the clipboard file to another disk has not
worked for me. It seems the only alternative
is copying the scrapbook file, clobbering
whatever was in the scrapbook of the
destination disk. A cut and paste buffer in
memory as well as on disk would be super.
FatBits entry shortcuts other than via the
pencil should be available. Toggling from the
pencil to the grabber with the option J<eyTs
nice, but other tools in FatBits should also
toggle to the grabber.
Grabber could be used as a selection tool in
a way that adds to the power of the lasso:
command-grabber could simply drag any
lasso-able object without the need to first
Halfsize output to allow small, higher
resolution graphics would have been trivial to
implement, since MacPaint draft mode outputs
two (slightly overlapping) printer pin strikes
for each screen pixel, thereby using ribbons
faster, taking more time, and making lines
Housings for the Mac have room enough for
two disk drives.
Idiotproofing of potentially disasterous actions
like disk initialization should be accomplished
with a command-mouseclick, not just a
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Input of any ASCII character into a MacWrite
file would be nice for controlling printers or
downloading files into other machines that
have less friendly editors.
Keyboard buffering is sometimes ignored. If
you want to close an application and eject
the disk, you have to wait for the Mac to do
a certain amount of namby-pambying with the
disk before you can type command-e, same as
on the old Apple II.
Memory is woefully inadequate, resulting in
too many disk swaps and a resultant loss of
productivity. OK, so Apple (justifiably) did
not want to be in the RAM retailing business.
Still, the machine should have been designed
to be expanded to a megabyte of internal
memory, even with 64K chips. Considering
the price of memory these days, and the
direction of the marketplace, the decision to
limit a supposedly serious machine to 512K
was unconscionable. Also, upgrading to 256K
chips should have been easier, if not for the
user, then at least for third party providers.
There are such things as reliable chip sockets,
and their inclusion in the Mac would have
Note pad should automatically take you onto
the next page when a page is filled, instead
of beeping at you!
Printed output on a lowly MX-80 using the
CP/M-based Fancy Font program looks better
than Mac's output on an Imagewriter. Since
there is an Imagewriter driver, why not an
MX-80, or other? The Prowriter would have
been a fine printer for the Mac. Inexorably
tying the Mac to the Imagewriter was a
Redirection, such as listing any file to the
console or printer, and directing a file
from any input device to any output device,
should not be absent, but only hidden from
the beginning user.
Saving the current document to disk every so
often, automatically and transparently, so you
would have to remember to do it only at the
end of a session, would be great.
Scrapbook takes a lot of time to thumb
through. It should have a pictorial index like
Print Catalog in MacPaint. Then you could
select a picture by clicking on its (greatly
reduced) icon. If a scrapbook picture is large,
sometimes part of the image shows, but
sometimes "too large to show here" is all it
offers. That seems inconsistent.
Screen should blank out if there's no activity
for a certain period of time (adjustable from
the control panel), and come back on after a
keypress. The Lisa and even the lowly DEC
Rainbow do that. It's not like the Mac doesn't
have an internal clock or anything...
Scroll bars are a necessary evil to select ^
portions of text far away from the insertion ^
point. But it seems that merely ruj: - ^ - * - *' "
mouse against the border of a v window (up,
down, right, or left), with the option key held
down, would more naturally scroll a window.
Running the mouse all the way over to the
elevator and back again seems tedious.
Shift-click, to extend selections, should be
global, to allow operations such as copying
multiple scrapbook entries to the clipboard.
Admittedly, the clipboard is only intended to
hold one item, but as a three or four item
stack it would be terrific. Although the
scrapbook holds multiple items, it is much
more cumbersome to use.
Sound output is nice, but since the circuit is
essentially an analog generator with a bipolar
amplifier at the output, why does the bell
sound end with a very definite digital clunk
even though it decays? Why not make the
sound port bidirectional so as to also be a
sound (or general analog) input, on the same
connector? Then programmers could try their
hand at speech input programs or general
one-channel (or with an external mux,
multichannel) data acquisition programs,
without (much) extra hardware. Also, the
sound generation circuit takes up way too
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much space (badly needed for more memory)
on the Mac's board.
Titles will display on the last MacWrite page
if there is text on the last line of the
Toggles would be better for switching
selected text from plain to fancy and vice
versa. Instead of command-b for bold and
command-p for plain, you would only have to
hit command-b to toggle the selection.
Windows in MacPaint are immotile, and
severely limit the size of graphics. Why the
wide borders around the window? If the
window has to be a fixed size, it should be
bigger. We could live with only one tier of
the most frequently used patterns, with others
callable through Goodies.
Window positions should be remembered by
applications. It's tedious to reset windows to
favorite positions every time an application is
Wrong disk insertions should beep rather than
just spit disks back out. When using more
than two disks, you can repeatedly insert the
wrong one by failing to correctly read the
dialog box prompts.
Editor's Notes: Your wish list definitely has
the flavor of being compiled by someone who
likes computers for their own sake, and who
enjoys poking machines' "innards". Our own
biggest wishes would be for an integral hard
disk, a Finder with decent document capacity,
and some good business data processing
software. We, too, thought the clock was too
shy, until we found it hiding under MacWrite's
window. Note that copying the clock allows
the date and time to be pasted with just a
command-v. A 512K limit is unconscionable?
Do you hear what you're saying? Wasn't it
fairly recently that everyone was running
quite successfully on 32K? We think the
problem is not that vendors aren't putting in
enough memory, but that they (and their
customers) haven't discovered how nicely
demand-paged operating systems using virtual
memory can get by with miniscule amounts of
RAM. Seems to us that Apple gets away
with defining and controlling the product and
its peripherals as it suits them because Mac
is popular and unique, not just another DOS
machine. Doesn't your automatic save idea
defeat the undo concept? We like your
typestyle toggles, but command-p would still
be handy for clearing up text that's bold,
italic, and underlined all at once. -MG 0
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Our first installment in issue #16 about
Priam's huge DataTower disk for the Lisa
mentioned some of our initial findings about
the product as we installed and tested it for
the first time. (Before we forget, our thanks
to Howard Pearlmutter for reminding us that
the surprising DataTower icon we found
probably originated from Priam's interface
board, not Lisa's old ROMs.) Since that issue,
we've made a few more discoveries.
In the minus column of our evaluation sheet
goes the disappointing news that, unlike the
support for Apple's own disks, Lisa's 7/7
operating system does not currently provide
the option to partition the DataTower for
Mac Works. In the plus column goes the good
news that 7/7 supports an enormous number
of files, so that the entire disk can easily be
put to use. At one point in our testing, we
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disk. Unlike Mac's Finder, which begins to
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accumulated, 7/7 (and even the 3.0 Workshop!)
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We were able to complete the save and
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minutes for the first tape cartridge, and then
another 9 minutes for the second, final
cartridge. Unfortunately, 7/7 crashes at the
end of a DataTower backup, and the Lisa
must then be rebooted. However, the backup
tapes are still good, as we verified by doing a
restore, which begins with erasing and
initializing the disk (14 minutes), then reading
and loading the first tape cartridge in 11
minutes, and the second tape in 7 minutes.
The movements of the tape imply that
backups perform a read-after-write for
verification, but we haven't seen any
documentation to support that theory.
One discovery was that a Lisa with the Priam
interface card installed (but the DataTower
unconnected) can't boot 2.0 off a Profile,
though most DataTower users probably won't
be interested anyway in keeping 2.0 around.
(We happen to have one Lisa that needs to
run both 2.0 and 3.0 at different times.)
If you're using 7/7 or the 3.0 Workshop, need
a disk with a large capacity and fast backups,
don't need Mac Works, and don't mind loud
fans, we can recommend the DataTower. The
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A Landlord's Tussle
by G. Kurt Thompson
As most Habadex users know by now, Version
1.0 had quite a few problems and was
subsequently replaced by Version 1.1, which
was to have corrected those problems as well
as add several new capabilities. For the most
part, I will restrict my comments here to
Version 1.1 and attempt to review its best
and worst features.
I purchased Habadex 1.0 in June 1984, and
dutifully copied the master disk. I then
began the process of entering the names and
addresses of nearly 400 mobile home lessees.
About halfway through, with 185 records
keyed in, a local power outage spiked the
file. I tried to recover the data and lost the
backup copy in a subsequent power outage.
That afternoon I bought an uninterruptible
power supply and the data entry process
began again. Luckily, the Habadex master
had not been in the drive and was unharmed.
Once I had my records in Habadex, I tried to
print labels for a mandatory mailing that had
to take place by the middle of July. I
quickly found that Habadex would not print
the labels except one on top of the other and
with draft quality. I immediately contacted
Haba Systems and was told that 1.1 was
finished and a copy was promised to me by
return mail. I am sure that it was mailed,
but I had to request three shipments before I
finally had the new version on hand. In the
meantime, three more weeks had passed with
the deadline closing in. I went back to work
in earnest, knowing that I was running
critically short of time.
Habadex was touted to hold up to 1,000
records and give immediate access to each
and every one. It does, in fact, give very
quick access to any record, but it is full to
capacity at around the 400 record level. My
disk contains about 386 individual records and
has contained as many as 396. At that level,
I was running out of disk space according to
the running tally and had only 2K of empty
space remaining. So, I removed a number of
the records to regain working space. To my
utter horror, after I had deleted ten full
records, I regained no space whatsoever! It
appeared that the counter could add but not
subtract. I tested this theory on a disk with
only 36 records and the same thing occurred.
To avoid running out of disk space, and it is
critically important not to do so, refrain from
deleting records when they are no longer
needed. Instead, use the same old record and
simply overtype your new information into its
fields. This is not a proper approach, but it
will certainly help. Version 1.1 occupies more
disk space than 1.0, so when I transferred
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remaining, I was suddenly left with about 4K.
I have ordered the Desk Accessory Mover
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ditch attempt to free up more space.
I said it is critically important not to get the
disk too full. Habadex 1.1 will support
printing in standard quality (though the
documentation says high), a vast improvement
over 1.0, which would only print in draft
quality. But if you unwisely get close to the
400K capacity of the disk, you will discover
that Habadex will no longer print in standard
quality. Since draft quality is unacceptable
for any business correspondence, this
effectively disables your mail merge
capability. All other printing functions are
also reduced to draft quality.
At another time, I ran into serious trouble
with my Habadex. With 398K on the disk, I
tried to delete a record that had inadvertently
been entered twice. As soon as I did so,
Habadex bombed. After trying everything I
could think of to salvage the disk, I called
'■'Haba Systems. No one seemed to be able to
explain what had happened, and I received the
all too familiar "we'll send you a new master
disk!" When you have nearly 400 records tied
up in a piece of software that has bombed,
the last thing you want is a new master disk.
This problem persisted for about four weeks
before I happened to find anJTihlabeled copy
of my disk that predated the bomb. I very
carefully made'a copy of the old disk and
then deleted the duplicated record. No bomb
appeared! I noted that I had 4K remaining
available on the disk. After three days of
work, I was able to update the four weeks of
changes that had occurred since that copy had
been made. I then tried to create more
space, but was unable to get credit for any
deletions of records. Over a period of time,
my disk finally reached 400K (with no warning
from Habadex) and I discovered that the print
quality had reverted to draft only.
If you select the list printing function of
Habadex, you will undoubtedly discover that it
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prints the lines of the list too close together
to read easily. One way around this is to
either indent or outdent the first field you
include when selecting fields and designing
Fields can now be renamed within Habadex.
This was one of the most useful changes
made in the new version. However, the 1.1
Addendum lists quite a few reasons why you
should not rename approximately 14 of the 19
fields. Furthermore, there is no explanation
whatsoever as to how to rename a field. I
found by experimentation that I could get a
total of 16 characters on two lines. If you
want to use two lines, just space after the
word you want on line one. Your next word
will automatically be placed on line two. If
line one is to be made up of more than one
word, you have to place a period or some
other barely noticeable character between the
two words. Be careful not to try to place too
many characters on each line, or more than
16 on the two lines.
If you have renamed your fields and have
created two or more different disks (each
with different fields), do not try to place one
in the internal drive and the other in the
external drive. I tried this and found that the
Habadex disk in the internal drive worked
fine. The one in the external drive will
present you with its renamed fields and lead
you to think that you are reading it, but in
fact the data from the disk in the internal
drive will fill its fields. There is a way to
get the two disks to read properly. Before
trying to extract data from the disk in the
external drive, quit the application in the
internal drive, close the windows, eject the
internal disk, select the icon of the disk in
the external drive, and open it. Now
everything will read properly!
One of the fields I had renamed was entitled
"Lease Anniversary". It is the basis of one of
the most frequent sorts of my disk. I can
call up all the leases expiring during a
particular month and send renewal leases and
statements to each tenant with an expiring
lease. I found that dates which were in the
month/day/year style (such as 11/01/84), would
sort in order, but all were listed prior to the
"A" in my index. By inserting a letter
designator (A to L) for each month, I could
get them to spread out over the whole first
half of the index. I could then call each
month up for viewing separately, instead of
having to flip through 21 pages to find a
tenant with a lease expiring on the 31st of
December. That's especially important
considering that when you make a change to
a record and then close it, Habadex returns to
the first page of the sort!
I continued adding letter prefixes and
everything worked well until I had completed
entering the prefixes on the first nine months
of leases. All of a sudden, I discovered that
^ Habadex would not select a lease with a "J"
jY prefix. I could access the J's by calling up
V the I's and flipping a couple of pages. The
K's worked fine. I tried a few things and
fn undy that the J's would sort if I used
"J10/01/75" but not if I used "J 10/01/75".
The first nine letters of the alphabet sort
fine, but J cannot be followed by a blank
space. Another fifteen hours of input was
scrapped. I am aware that Habadex was not
intended to be a database per se, but my file
is little more than a mailing list with phone
numbers, lease expirations and emergency
One of the great features of Macintosh is its
ability to create letterheads, but that isn't
allowed with the Habadex mail merge
function. You also cannot justify both
margins in your business letters. Habadex 1.1
prints the date in a different format than 1.0,
but it is still in the wrong location for a
standard business letter.
With a file of one record, Habadex only
requires about 20 seconds to store your new
entry. It takes a good typist only about a
minute to input all the fields on the screen.
However, with 300+ records, nearly three and
a half minutes are necessary to store
additional records. This time increase
appears to be linear and will start showing up
easily within the first twenty or thirty
records. Once your records are in place and
you have to update some of your data, a one
character change to an existing record will
again necessitate that same prolonged wait.
My secretary spent only a fourth of her time
typing in data and three fourths waiting for
Habadex to store it.
High quality printing is impossible with any
function. Try mailing labels. If you select
high quality, you are in for a long wait while
the Macintosh starts spooling. At the end of
all that spooling, Habadex will stop without
printing any labels. Now try standard quality
and your mailing labels will be printed, but
watch out! Did your labels take more than
one page to print? Or, did you select
"continuous sheet"? If so, you probably lost
the first row of labels on each succeeding
page! Go back and select "cut sheet", and
your labels will be printed. When Habadex
reaches the end of each page, you can click
"OK" when asked to insert another sheet of
paper, and you will not lose any more rows.
Calendar appointments transferred from 1.0 to
1.1 must be "reaccepted" day by day after the
transfer. If you used more than one line for
each entry in 1.0, you will lose your
additional lines of information when you
choose "accept" in the new version. To
prevent this loss, first enter a later time
(even a minute later on each line below the
initial appointment). This will save the line
and keep it in sequence. Refer to the
excellent article written by Cassie Stahl and
published in the October 1st issue of
Info World. Any month that forces the
calendar to have six rows of days (any month
during which the first of the month occurs on
a Friday or Saturday), creates another
problem. Only the top of the sixth row can
be seen, and any calendar information entered
into days on that last row cannot be read
when viewing the entire month. You must
select the particular day to see any of your
appointments. This occurs during September
and December of 1984 and March and June of
^ 1985 .
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finally get to "reach out and touch someone"
with my Macintosh. I unpacked the
HabaDialer, read the installation instructions,
and promptly visited one of my local
suppliers for a modular plug as described in
the documentation. Having a six button
phone system and noting the large number of
phone wires under my desk, I decided to call
my phone installer. Four hours and four
phone calls from North Carolina to California
later (not to mention the $140 labor bill from
my installer), my HabaDialer was pronounced
unfit for service by its designer (Ron Debry)
who listened to its futile attempts to dial out
during one of those long distance calls to
Maybe some good will come of my experience
after all. Mr. Debry seemed genuinely
interested in the troubles I was having with
Habadex and the HabaDialer. Habadex could
be made into a first rate product despite the
low rating it has earned from me to date.
After having invested the $199.95 plus tax
purchase price and several hundred hours of
time with this software, I have to reluctantly
admit that I have been both spoiled and
disappointed by Habadex. I have been
searching for a database to replace Habadex,
but have so far been unable to find anything
on the market that even comes close to its
ease of use and clarity. I would much prefer
that Haba Systems worked out the bugs and
allowed this particular piece of software to
reach its true potential.
Editor's Notes: You say you've been partly
spoiled, huh? We'd hate to have to use the
software that totally disappoints you. You
probably deserve a medal, because the other
six or so Habadex users we've talked to all
sounded like they quickly gave up out of
frustration. Be sure to let us know when you
find what you're looking for. We'd also like
to thank Barbara Schreiber, a realtor in New
Jersey, who wrote us to mention her problems
with the undocumented 1.1 copy protection,
and also Carol Runkel of Long Beach,
California, who wrote us to describe her
encounters with Habadex bugs while trying to
print mailing labels. -MG H
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A released (not preliminary) version of Apple's
Pascal programming environment for the Mac
recently arrived here in conjunction with
nationwide dealer deliveries, and we're very
impressed with the product: it receives what ^
is probably the most enthusiastic Thumbs Up
we've given since we first laid eyes on the
Lisa almost two years ago.
Macintosh Pascal is primarily an educational
tool, and not really a program development
system for creating commercial, standalone
software products, but it's still a fantastic
product. If you know any students wanting to
learn programming, tell them Macintosh
Pascal is definitely the way to go. This is
the first programming environment we've seen
where it's actually fun to make mistakes,
because fixing bugs and rewriting and
rerunning code is so effortless. True, the
programs won't execute with blazing speed,
but at least all you need is a lowly 128K Mac
with one disk (the software is $125 suggested
retail), and it's amazing how much you can do
with only that minimum configuration. Plus,
"inline" procedures provide access to all the
ROM routines, so programs with standard
Mac-style interfaces can be written.
In the few weeks we've had so far to use
Macintosh Pascal, we've only come up with
three complaints. First, the modem file
opens at 300 baud with no apparent
mechanism to set it to 1200 or 9600 (although
only the documentation, and not actual
testing, has been our guide on this point).
Second, the printer file (port) can only be
opened for output, not input, even though we
know it's really bidirectional. (Poor I/O
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Signal #1, June 1983: Welcome to Signal! • Why 7x9?* Where to Put that ProFile • Pointers to Pascal • A Lisa
Bug (or Feature?) • The Topology of Lisa Disks • A pages.
Signal #2, July 1983: Shading a Rounded Region • Quote of the Month • Lisa Day: August 11th • Where to Plug that
Printer • Are Passwords Possible? • A Programmer Cries Out • Establishing a Backup Library • A pages.
Signal #3, August 1983: Report from the Castle • Credit Where Credit is Due • Quote of the Month • Fooling
LisaWrite • Read Protects & Backspaces • Peanuts, Popcorn.. • A pages.
Signal //A, September 1983: LisaWrite Wish List Part 1 • Lisa Prices Plummet • A pages.
Signal #5, October 1983: LisaWrite Wish List Part 2 • AppleLisa Wants You • LisaCalc Tricks • A pages.
Signal #6, November 1983: The Avoided Environment • l.A Release Fixes LisaCalc • Why Didn't We Think of That? •
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Signal #7, December 1983: What Will 198A Bring? • Free Report on LisaProject • How to Lose a Document • Self-
Service Gotcha • Our Christmas Wish List • A pages.
Signal #8, January 198A: Mail From Our Readers • A pages.
Signal #9, February 198A: Our Coverage Expands • Rotation by Reflection • Other Mac Publications • Workshop
Editor Trick • LisaCalc Margin Waste • Mac vs. Lisa Design Details • Cleaning Up Endpoints • More Kudos for
Lisa • How to Lose Preferences • Software Received • 8 pages.
Signal #10, March 198A: Does Your DMP Need Speed? • Signal's Mac Arrives • Received: Art Department • This
Month's Mailbag • 8 pages.
Signal #11, April 198A: Mac Success Freezes Lisa • Free Another 17K of Disk • Can You Type A Robot? • Lisa
Upgrade Ups and Downs • Art Dept. Correction • This Month's Mailbag • 8 pages.
Signal #12, May 198A: User Groups Sprout • Toolkitters Organizing • Publish Your Macintosh Art • This Month's
Mailbag • 8 pages.
Signal #13, June 198A: Exploring the Macintosh Upgrade • To Shift Or Not To Shift: It's An Option • Where To
Go To See Or Read More • How To Display Priam Whamos • Software Received: Habadex • MacWrite Can Send ASCII
Files • Our Current Mac and Lisa Wish List • Incremental Backups Miss Workshop Files • Clear Your Desktop In
Three Clicks • This Month's Mailbag • 8 pages.
Signal #1A, July 198A: Exploring Lisa's New Office System • Stanford Making Mac Development Tools • The Latest
On Three Mac User Groups • This Month's Mailbag • 16 pages.
Signal #15, August 198A: User Groups: Great Source of Software • Hardware Received: Tecmar's Mac Drive •
ClickArt Fails To Impress Us • Mac-Jack Earns A Thumbs Up • Subscriber Interests And Activities • The Secret
Lisa Service Mode • This Month's Mailbag • Habadex Back Again • 16 pages.
Signal #16, September 198A: Priam's DataTower Arrives For Tests • This Month's Mailbag • More Notes On Tecmar's
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procedures have always been the bane of
Pascal implementations, haven't they?) Third,
we sure wish the product had been released a
year ago so that Apple could have bundled it
like MacPaint and MacWrite, shipped one with
every machine, and thereby avoided the
blasted copy protection that burdens this
product like so much other Mac software. @
This Month's Mailbag
Iowa Certainly Needs Software
I am looking for a printer driver to allow
the Lisa to take full advantage of the
additional width of the wide carriage
Imagewriter. I am also in need of a billing
program that supports the following steps for
invoicing sales in a print shop: create table
of material prices, create table of labor
prices, enter number of units, automatically
access table of prices and calculate invoice,
post to accounts receivable.
Joseph Daley, Creston, IA
I'm looking for a terminal emulation
program to run on a Lisa under 3.0 or
Mac Works. I need the program to emulate
either a Tec 500, Soroc IQ 120, IBM 3101-10,
Televideo 950-C or Beehive DM1 A. Please
call me at 515-224-1992 if you know where I
can find such a package or if you'd be
interested in sharing development costs.
Trelen Wilson, Des Moines, IA
Obviously, this would be a better index and
directory if it included all of the available
clip art disks for Macintosh.
So, my plea to vendors: please make disks
containing clip art (only those disks which
other Macintosh owners can purchase)
available to me on a loan basis. I will
integrate an index for each of those disks
into my master index and return your disk of
clip art along with a clean copy of the
The reason why I believe vendors might
want to do this for free is because I will
supply the master index for free, with no
restrictions on its use. Clip art programmers,
retail computer stores, clubs and individual
Macintosh owners will all profit, since I will
freely make copies available to all comers. I
would expect that stores and clubs would in
turn make the index available to customers
and members. At most, I would charge
requestors the cost of photocopying the index,
or ask for a clean disk if the index is desired
in that mode, plus postage as required.
I am retired and thus have the time to fool
around with this project, in case you are
suspicious that there is a catch somewhere.
Philip C. Russell,
430 SW Crest Circle, Waldport, OR 97394
We think your index is great! It's bound to
be popular among users, so vendors will be
wise to participate. How about giving it a
formal name, like the "Russell Index"? We
hope you get a good response. -MG @
The new 3.0 Quickport facility in the Pascal
Workshop provides a "standard", a VT52/100,
and a Soroc terminal emulator along with
documentation for writing your own custom
version, any of which can exist as a desktop
Have You Indexed Your Clip Art Lately?
I am enclosing a clip art index I created.
It lists images from three clip art programs I
have purchased: Clip 1 from Frazier, Peper &
Assoc., ClickArt.-Publica tions from T/Maker
Co., and McPic! Volume 1 from Magnum
Software. The object of the index is to make
it easy to find an image when you need it.
Received, But Not
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designers, from Hayden Software Co. Inc., 600
Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01853. • ThinkTank, an
outline processor for the Mac, from Living
Videotext Inc., 2432 Charleston Rd., Mountain
View, CA 94043. • Keystroke, a data base and
report generator for Lisa, from Brock Software
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